Andrew shields

Andrew Shields

Writer, editor and strategic communications specialist

Location icon United Kingdom

I'm an award-winning content specialist, offering a range of industry-leading editorial services:

Content strategy and planning
Long and short form multi-platform copywriting
Copy editing and proofreading
Thought leadership
Speech and presentation scripting
Editorial project management

MY EXPERIENCE

I work mainly in sport, fitness and technology.

I have specialist experience within the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other global events, having worked at the heart of an Organising Committee and contributed to a number of successful event bids. I know my way around the often challenging requirements of stakeholders, rights-holders, International Federations, sponsors and licensees, and am currently involved with various Tokyo 2020 projects.

I write high-profile thought leadership content. My clients include digital solutions giant Atos and shock absorption specialist D3O. I communicate clearly and persuasively about complex technological innovations for non-specialist audiences.

With a long background in health and fitness journalism, I'm familiar with everything active from HIIT to Hellerwork.

Currently I work in partnership with LookUp Communications on a number of strategic sport and technology projects, and with art director and illustrator Christopher Allen.

ABOUT ME

I spent more than four years as Senior Content Manager in the Communications and Public Affairs team at the London 2012 Organising Committee. The team won PR Week's 'Campaign of the Year' award for 2012.

During this time, I planned, wrote and edited thousands of pieces of content for a wide range of technical, operational and commercial platforms.

I wrote and edited a number of key strategic publications, including the Official Report of the Games. I was also part of the content development team for the biggest ever Olympic licensed publishing programme.

Previously I was sport and fitness editor of Time Out magazine, writing a weekly commentary on London's sporting and healthy living scene. I wrote and edited three editions of Time Out Guides' celebrated ‘Sport, Health & Fitness in London’ publication, and provided editorial management and client liaison for Time Out Brand Solutions.

While at Time Out I was twice runner-up in the magazine feature-writing category of the British Sports Journalism Awards.

I've written for a vast array of print and digital titles, from the Guardian to Bluffer's, the Sunday Times to Cricket World, The School Run to Health & Fitness.

BOOKS

I've written seven books, including the Sunday Times best-seller ‘The Lad Done Bad: Sex, Sleaze and Scandal in English Football’ (Penguin), and contributed to a dozen more.

'Master the Art of Running’ (Collins &Brown) was described in the Independent on Sunday as one of the ten best fitness books ever written and has been translated into Dutch and Japanese. ‘Master the Art of Working Out’ is a companion title. Both books explore how the Alexander Technique can be applied to physical activity.

My first book, 'Soccer City' (Mandarin), proved to be a prescient look at English football during the Premier League era.

I am currently developing a book about the history of the fitness industry.

GET IN TOUCH

Please contact me at [email protected] or through the link at the foot of this page.

Portfolio
Workplace Material Handling & Safety
09/18/2019
Material Innovation Revolutionizes Back-Of-Hand Protection

Most gloves used for industrial PPE across the construction, automotive, and oil and gas industries have back-of-hand protectors, with the vast majority made from thermoplastic rubber (TPR). Until now, there was very little manufacturers could do to change the characteristics of the compositions they were using.

Ishn
09/09/2019
What you should know about voluntary standards

How do the standards helping to regulate North America's PPE industry support health and safety managers tasked with keeping their teams free from harm? "Our business is the health and safety of workers and first responders," says Craig Wallentine, Board Vice Chairman of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).

Impact magazine issue 9
11/23/2018
Out of pocket

Thought leadership magazine for D3O

Impact magazine issue 8
06/01/2018
Wyld at heart

Thought leadership magazine for D3O

Impact magazine issue 7
04/02/2018
Helping hands

Thought leadership magazine for D3O

Impact magazine issue 6
12/20/2017
Screen saver

Thought leadership magazine for D3O

Bush Telegraph
06/17/2019
Into Luna orbit

Profile of the man who sent Luna into orbit

Woman's World
03/01/2016
Love All

Can’t wait for Wimbledon? Try a little Real Tennis in the meantime: an ancient sport that’s on the rise again, especially with women. Andrew Shields meets a world champion player to find out more

Woman's World
03/01/2016
London to Rio

Can it really be four years since London staged Olympic and Paralympic Games that were widely considered ‘the best ever’? And this summer, can Rio de Janeiro do even better? Andrew Shields, who helped plan the 2012 Games, looks forward to a beach party in Brazil

Theguardian
11/21/2014
Massage techniques for men: the healing touch

Touch is the most undervalued of our senses. Not only is a handshake or hug pleasant both to give and receive, such simple physical interactions have valuable health benefits. Skin-to-skin contact causes your brain to release oxytocin, known as the "trust hormone", which has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, increase tolerance to pain and leave us feeling good about ourselves.

Woman's World
03/01/2016
A Day at the Races

A day at the races doesn’t have to be the dressed-up, once-a-decade occasion it is for most of us.

The Guardian
06/13/2015
Let's try yoga

It’s an ancient practice too often shrouded in mysticism, but yoga is a good way to keep fit and make new friends.

The Manager
07/01/2015
Right Values, Great Attitude

Keith Harmes is totally committed to developing Chelsea's next generation of players and coaches - that's why he was chosen as a Barclays Spirit of the Games hero.

The Guardian
06/27/2015
Let's try Nordic walking

Our love for all things Nordic includes a fast-growing form of exercise that's health and fun

Theguardian
11/17/2014
Small steps to fitness

You don't need to join a gym or sweat and strain to feel fitter. No matter what your age or physical condition, you can boost your health and wellbeing with just 20 minutes more activity each day. "We have got out of the habit of being active," says fitness educator Annette Burgess.

Theguardian
11/08/2014
Don't just walk, walk well

Walking is the ultimate convenience workout. You can do it any time, any place, anywhere. It's cheap, too - all you need is a pair of supportive shoes or trainers. And the pavement doesn't charge a membership fee.

Theguardian
11/17/2014
Mind your Body: restoring your wellbeing

Aromatherapy, reflexology and a host of other complementary therapies are now part of everyday living for more than 5 million people in the UK. With good reason, too: research shows that many therapies can help you relieve stress, ease depression and cope better when times are tough.

Theguardian
10/24/2014
Living without boundaries

With their purple and red uniforms, pointy foam fingers and etched-on smiles, the Games Makers were the face of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Although only a few got to carry Usain Bolt's kit, the vast majority enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience and pledged to get involved in their communities afterwards.

Theschoolrun
07/24/2014
PE provision for disabled children

One of the most powerful outcomes of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the change in public perception of disabled people. The spectacular achievements of athletes like Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey and David Weir placed the focus squarely on ability rather than disability.

Timeout
01/01/2014
London's top ten bizarre therapies

1. Spirit release In a nifty rebranding exercise, ridding people of evil spirits, which was formerly known as 'exorcism', is now called spirit release. At least that's what they call it in the alternative therapy community, where it seems to be more about gently 'facilitating the removal of unwanted mental intrusions' from lost souls who may have attached themselves to you, and less about battling scary priest-killing kids who have sex with crucifixes.

Theschoolrun
02/27/2014
Solo sports for primary-school children: skating, archery, fencing, life-saving and climbing |...

Primary-age PE is about building the ABCs of fitness - agility, balance, coordination and speed. These will all be introduced in school, though many children really develop their physical literacy in extra-curricular clubs. If kicking, hitting or chasing a ball around doesn't appeal, here are five individual activities that will still develop a wide range of fantastic physical skills.

Theguardian
02/21/2014
Meet the apps that could transform your workout

Digital devices are an integral part of our daily lives - and are fast becoming an essential feature of our active lives, too. With apps and accessories to ease us off the sofa, there's no excuse not to commit to getting smarter about getting fitter.

Bluffers
01/31/2014
Bluffer's Guide to Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014 offers 17 days of fleece-lined bluffing bliss. Why? Sports played on grass, track and water are fraught with risk of exposure, for the very good reason that most people know a little about them. Those contested on snow and ice, on the other hand, are much easier to bluff about - because fewer people know about them.

Theguardian
10/17/2013
Technology in the pool

Swimming is being transformed by the appliance of science. Ben Hardman, manager of the Speedo Aqualab, explains how the latest technology is pushing the boundaries of performance for every swimmer. Download the app Set your Goals There's no better way to stay motivated than by logging your swim sessions.

'Village Life' Olympic Village newspaper
08/12/2012
Rivalry and respect

One of 20 daily papers published in English and French, for which I was editor-in-chief

'Village Life' Olympic Village newspaper
07/28/2012
Let the Games begin

One of 20 daily papers published in English and French, for which I was editor-in-chief

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